So now there are no 2 guards AND no centers either?
How is it possible?
Seems the league as a result (and maybe a few other reasons) has never been more balanced.
2s are definitely in better shape than centers. But compared to like, the 90s and early 2000s, the 2 position has definitely taken a beating. Guys that would normally have been 2s, are now expected to be 1s with passing skill. 1s have more emphasis on being a shooting threat like 2s, and less a floor general. These days, the floor general is simply expected to be the best guy on the team, whatever position he plays.
Is all this not true?
EDIT: It's also important to note that Centers have taken a beating because they're expected to be as athletic as a forward now, when in the past, they could be a big tall, slow white guy (like you still see on FIBA teams, lol). That's why the Center position is suffering. It's SO HARD to find guys that tall who are athletic. Dwight Howard isn't even that tall (he's at least an inch and a half shorter than his bio claims, if you've seen him standing next to Pau Gasol). The European approach to this conundrum is to teach the big slow white guys passing and handling skills, like we see in Pau and Dirk. And D'Antoni STILL tried playing Pau like a forward...Must stay on track.
2s are in better shape because there are a lot more guys in the 6'2-6'6 range who can still step it up. But NO ONE is looking for the next Harden or Kobe Bryant, even though they're at the upper end of that spectrum. They're looking for the next Lebron or Durant.
And someone'll say 'Yeah but Andrew Wiggins went #1'. Yeah, well, Andrew Wiggins is 6'8 and was basically taken as a Small Forward/Future Kawhi Leonard, and just proves my point, whatever the letters are next to his name. Shooting guard is still a big deal in high school/college play/pickup with your bros, and that's what misinforms most people to the NBA reality.
Kyrie Irving is 6'3 and is exactly what the league hopes and expects from the PG position nowadays. Don't want to turn this into a novel, but everything I talked about above, which had the effect of shoving a lot more guys into contention for the 1 spot, is also why we're in a golden age of point guards at the moment. It's way easier to learn handling/passing skills than to go back in time and be born differently, and there's no longer the burden of being the smartest guy on the team. (Lin was also a SG during college...and tons of other guys).
Edited by ajaxjs, September 16, 2014 - 03:21 PM.